Six years after the tragic, untimely death of legendary fashion designer and couturier Lee Alexander McQueen comes the news that his life and times will be turned into a biopic with Weekend writer/director Andrew Haigh at the helm.
British playwright Chris Urch, whose latest critically acclaimed play, The Rolling Stone, centers around Uganda’s anti-gay laws, is writing the script for the project.
Though producer Damian Jones had previously optioned Andrew Wilson’s McQueen biography Blood Beneath The Skin, the film, according to Deadline, will not be exclusively based on the book.
The openly gay designer’s storied life and career includes being named British Fashion Designer Of The Year four times, receiving CFDA’s International Designer of the Year, designing David Bowie’s tours in 1996-1997 (as well as the Union Jack coat he wore on the cover of his 1997 album, Earthling) and his much-talked-about – and incredibly progressive – inclusion of double amputee model Aimee Mullins during his time as head designer for Givenchy.
He tragically committed suicide in February 2010, nine days after his mother Joyce had died from cancer. The autopsy found that he had taken cocaine, sleeping pills and tranquilizers before hanging himself.
No casting has been announced for the upcoming film at this time.